Tips for Saving Energy with Your Commercial Refrigeration

March 25, 2019 5:59 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

If you run a business that has a large commercial refrigeration unit, then you know just how much power that thing sucks up on a regular basis. After all, it has to remain in constant operation to keep all of its contents cool, and it’s cooling a fairly large space if it’s a walk-in cooler or freezer. You can’t exactly shut the thing down to save power—that would compromise the safety of your food and your entire business if you’re in the food service industry.

Still, there are some steps you can take to make your commercial refrigerators and freezers more energy efficient, allowing you to cut back on your business’s environmental impact and saving you a fair amount of money on your monthly utility bills in the process.

Here are just a few examples of some of the ways in which you can reduce the amount of energy consumed by your refrigerators and freezers, and also prevent the need for repairs to your commercial refrigeration in St. George, UT:

  • Keep them clean: You’d be amazed at how much of a difference a good cleaning of the entire refrigeration system can make with regard to the efficiency of its operation. Make sure the entire thing is clean and free of dust, especially around the coils. This will help to improve the heat transfer processes in the system and prevent it from having to work extra hard to keep the inside cool.
  • Ensure good airflow: The refrigeration system as a whole should have more than enough space surrounding it to make sure there is a good level of airflow over and around the heat exchange coils. This helps to cut down on the amount of energy that’s being wasted in the system.
  • Install motion sensors: In refrigeration systems, just as in other places in your commercial building, it can be easy to flip on lights and forget to turn them off. This, of course, wastes a whole lot of unnecessary energy. For this reason, it can be a good idea to install motion sensors for the lighting systems you use in your refrigeration systems, which will lower the amount of energy you waste and ensure the lights only go on and off exactly when you need them.
  • Anti-sweat heaters: You should only turn on your anti-sweat heaters when the cooling system’s ambient conditions cause condensation to form on the display doors (for smaller units). You might consider installing a set of adaptive controls for these devices, which will allow them to turn on and off automatically as needed.
  • Night curtains: If you have open cases, you might consider installing night curtains on them to prevent refrigerated air from escaping after your standard business hours are over. This is an especially beneficial investment for markets, grocery stores and delis.
  • Gaskets: All door gaskets and auto closers should be in good condition—bad seals can result in warm air entering refrigeration compartments, wasting energy and potentially spoiling food.

For more information about the steps you can take to keep your commercial refrigeration energy use in check, contact Calaway Heating & Air Conditioning to discuss commercial refrigeration services in St. George, UT.

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